The Caerphilly is a traditional Welsh style of cheese, and was supposedly created to be the major part of a coal miner's lunch (coal mining was a huge Welsh industry until the 1980s). During the World Wars, as rationing kicked-in, production was stopped and milk production was diverted to Factory Cheeses made in the England to supply the British public.
It has taken many years for real Caerphilly production to return, although no Caerphilly is made by hand in Wales anymore. Our Gorwydd's (pr: Gore-wiffs) Caerphilly (pr:Care-fillie) is made in Somerset by Maugan and Todd Trethowan, who actually moved there from Wales to take advantage of the better milk in the more lush pastures of the South West.
Caerphilly has a unique texture; yielding, moist, and slightly crumbly textured interior. The rind is also unique, although reminiscent of a 'brie-style' rind (think white and soft), there is more depth, nooks and crannies and less fluff.
The taste of the interior paste, is bright and lactic and a bit milky, which takes on more mushroomy and savory flavours, as you get closer to the rind.
Due to its unique look, unique and beguiling taste, it's probably one of our most memorable cheeses that you'll be thinking about, long after the last piece has gone!